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|53 T3||Split (2017) - Apr 23, 2017
"Here we have a claustrophobic, small setting film, akin to '10 Cloverfield Lane', 'Room', 'Hidden' or a plethora of others. However, the films I've named conjure a far more believable exposition for the theme's touched on in 'Split'. Those being; female abduction in 'Room', captor psychosis in '10 Cloverfield Lane' and the supernatural element in 'Hidden', which coincidentally, has a decent twist to finish up with. Something I was expecting here given MNS's reputation, but did not transpire."
|69 T5||Once Upon a Time in America (1984) - Apr 18, 2017
"Huge film, I did actually think it might jump-cut from one scene to the next where a phone never stops ringing the whole time. Well, the last Leone film. I've just watched each of his career's work, with length seeming to be the single thing they have in common and OUaTiA is no different, in fact it's above and beyond any previous offering by far. What it makes up for in sheer screen time, it lacks in the grandeur it was chasing. Plain, is what I would call the plot & very literal presentation. "
|35 T2||My Name Is Nobody (1973) - Apr 16, 2017
"Again with the hats. Leone & Valerii are like the 'I didn't do it' kid, after what was achieved in the Dollars trilogy. Aside from that, we get some nothing characters crumble under the weight of a film two hours in length. "
|61 T4||Duck, You Sucker (1971) - Apr 15, 2017
"Strange mesh of lead characters, who endure one of the least verbalised bonding arcs I've seen. It's almost like they've spent enough time on screen together that it's assumed that some kind of sympathy for each other exists. As for the beginning, I thought Leone had watched something like El Topo & thought he'd take a left turn into surreal/ experimental genres. The film straightens out shortly after, almost like a new director took the reigns & a tale of stammered or lacking exposition ensues"
|94 T10||The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) - Apr 10, 2017
"What a turn for the trilogy, we move from the impressionistic, stylised depiction of a Western in the first two, through to this, which builds on more of the same but is meshed with a period piece epic. The confidence Leone has by this film is clear with freeze frames and bright text smeared across the screen, the development of the score to become almost a character itself (the call back to the FaFDM chimes before the final gunfight), Eastwood even conjures a gritty performance in the desert. "
|72 T6||For a Few Dollars More (1965) - Apr 06, 2017
"Eastwood has loosened into the role this time around & can claim an established back story, leading to a credible performance. Another observation; rarely do you see a lead actor return for a sequel as a different character, albeit the lead protagonist, as Volente does here. Highlights are the hat(s) sequence & the finale. Good to see Kinski out of nowhere too, as a blonde hunchback of all things."
|74 T6||A Fistful of Dollars (1964) - Apr 04, 2017
"Eastwood comes across as a nothing protagonist, not adding much more to what was given to him in the script. If he was directed to be that stiff, some kind of character exposition might help to give his char the depth we need to understand the rigidity. The plot runs through a neat Kissinger play, turning the two local powers upon each other for a 3rd party's benefit. "
|90 T10||Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) - Mar 31, 2017
"Yup, this is a good one. Mature sense of humor with some great lines written in among tones that pivot between tense and, well it's all pretty serious. Clear inspiration for Tarantino's films from the decadent score, widower bride & the patience to hold on a shot for as long as necessary. "
|75 T6||Ikiru (1952) - Mar 31, 2017
"Well crafted dive into the final stages of existence & that question everyone faces at the end of the day, are there any regrets, or have you deluded yourself into thinking you lived a fulfilled life? Watanabe realizes he needs to make up for lost time & that pseudo-vampiring youth from a colleague is a reasonable thing to do. Superficial pleasures attempted & found lacking, he pushes a redeeming project through a public system that's just as congested as his colon, for 'all the babies of Japan'"
|66 T4||L'Eclisse (1962) - Mar 29, 2017
"Cinematography and visual story telling was the highlight here. There's a lot of unspoken content hinting at the heavy emotional disconnect between the two 'lovers' & the world they interact with. Interesting concept, with some lively scenes harboring conceptually dry/empty undertones scattered throughout (the trading house generally & the blacking up sequence), but this also leads to some tedious pacing which creates a more fond experience when being reminisced upon vs actually experiencing. "